IN THE HOUSE
What: Dieselboy & Downlink Drop the Bass @ U Street When: Sunday, April 19th, 10pm Where: U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St, NW, DC
The 17th edition of the Miami-based Ultra Music Festival succeeded again by showcasing world-wide talent, first class production and positive vibes from a more mature audience (thumbs up for the new 18 and over only policy). From humble origins (the first Ultra festival drew in about 10,000 people), this year’s three-day festival was nearly sold out with well-over 100,000 very happy fans attending the mother ship of both Ultra festivals (there are now nine Ultra “franchise” festivals worldwide) and EDM concerts.
Per norm, it was not so shocking for Ultra Music Festival to throw in a few surprises on top of their already top-notch production. With guest performances by celebrity musicians such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Usher, Diplo, CL and Diddy, the festival truly exhibited prominence in the electronic festival spectrum. However, the real testament to this year’s rendition laid in the depth of talent attributable to the performances of the non-headliners and side-stage acts. With the inclusion of the Resistance stage, along with “live” performances (more than a dude spinning a disc or pressing playback buttons) throughout the March 27-29 weekend, it’s safe to say Ultra veterans or first-time festival attendees were satisfied in that they had the option to experience their favorite SoundCloud producers regardless if they played at 2 pm or 10 pm.
XXL Freshmen Class 2014 alumni and Funk Volume Records emcee, Jarren Benton, makes his way to Santo's Party House this weekend on his Slow Motion Tour —which started off last month, in L.A.— to bring NYC fans the explosive performance they've been awaiting for weeks.
For those of you who have yet to experience Benton's high energy performance and go-with-the-flow showmanship live, just imagine the excitement felt amidst a rave (hip-hop style), a beer chugging contest and a Juicy J showcase.
The most anticipated electronic music event of the year is back for its 16th incarnation. Ultra Music Festival, arguably the largest electronic-dance music festival in North America (in terms of attendees), will take place in Miami’s own Bayfront Park March 27-29.
With a reputation for top-notch production along with the most sought-after artists in the dance music sphere, it comes to no surprise the Ultra team has diversified their performing talent by including a plethora of extremely notable non-traditional EDM producers. Performances by Odesza, Clean Bandit, Chromeo, Goldroom, Kiesza, ASTR, Die Antwoord and live performances by Porter Robinson, RAC and Netsky will play side-by-side to traditional electronic DJs at the other six surrounding stages.
With an highly anticipated sophomore album still in the works, exclusive additions to his Puma endorsed 'Patent Pack' kicks series, and a barrage of heavy-hitting musical guest appearances— it's clear that Meek Mill is definitely "on his Makaveli."
Now, fresh off of his Welcome Back concert, which went down in his Philadelphia hometown this past weekend, Meek Mill gears up to hit DC's Echostage on Friday.
Partygoers, get ready to turn up on another 'level' with the MMG Dreamchaser as the 'I Don't Know' emcee brings his rambunctiously energetic style and unyielding entertaining ardor straight to you, thanks to the great folks over at KO Events.
Missed out on Ms. Hill's performance at B.B. King's Bar & Grill on Friday? It's alright, grab your next chance see Lady Hill perform selections from her classic 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, live MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 LP (2002) and other hot singles at City Winery this Wednesday.
Noted for her extraordinary performances both live and recorded, the multi-Grammy-Award winning artist has touched the hearts of many with her stay-true-to-yourself mantra, heard on hits including 'That Thing (Doo Wop),' & 'Lost Ones.' Judging from excellent reception garnered over the years, we predict that the Wednesday's performance will be no less than extraordinary.
Day one of BUKU Music + Art Project set the bar high for festival attendees, but wait till you hear about day two.
Taking place in New Orleans’s very own Mardi Gras World, over 50 artists performed over the two-day span of the festival. After experiencing an incredible first day on the river, it was hard to believe Saturday would come close to matching up. Yet, with a diverse lineup ranging from underground beat-connoisseurs like Hudson Mohawake and ILoveMakonnen to idolized DJ’s such as Bassnectar and Porter Robinson, fans could’ve easily spent the day between stages as every group put on a headline-worthy performance. Make sure to check out Joonbug's full review of BUKU Day 1.
The Opium Group has never disappointed when it comes to delivering great talent to locals and visitors alike. That said, looking at their WMC schedule is like looking at a marathon obstacle course - there are so many must-see artists stacked across the city that the hardest part is finding the energy (and funds) to hit all of the parties - or worse, choose between them.
Nevertheless, the one show that merits priority selection is Armin van Buuren & Friends. Taking place on the night of Wednesday, March 25 at Mansion, the show will feature the Armada mogul himself as he takes the stage with some surprise "friends." Music fans (trance or otherwise) would do well not to miss the master at work - especially amidst the dazzling display of Mansion's renown light system and the ever-present fanfare of its infamous confetti canons. Grab tickets here.
When opportunity comes-a-knocking, it's best to let it in. So when Action Bronson comes to NYC to celebrate the debut of his sophomore LP at Terminal 5, don't pass up the chance to celebrate with him as he plays the venue for two days in a row.
Starting Tuesday, March 24th, the Vice/Atlantic Records emcee also known as Bronsolini will be in the house to kick off the first night of his Mr. Wonderful Tour.
Since 2011, the Queens-bred chef-turned-rapper whose similarity - in stylistic flow - to Ghostface Killah first captured the attention of listeners, has gone on to captivate mainstream hip-hop audiences with his vivid, bluesy rhyme schemes and unyielding creativity.
It's not even Miami Music Week yet but Club Space has already secured a talent lineup that makes it feel like WMC has come early. This past Saturday, Miami-native (and deep house/techno god) Maceo Plex made his debut at the legendary venue in Downtown Miami and laid waste to the dance floor. During a set that took us well past dawn, the maestro explored a wide and varied musical spectrum. He started off with slower, more melodic techno, weaving a spell of sound over the audience.
It wasn't long before the Terrace room was full to capacity, and Maceo took the opportunity to dive deep into a darker and more aggressive beat-driven sound. Not quite deep house and not quite pure techno, his set tip-toed a line between dark and heavy, and soulful and ethereal. True to his style, though, the focus always came back to dazzline melodies and surging bass lines.